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Jose Martinez (CO '13)

Assistant Principal, Activities Director, Technology Coordinator

Bear Creek High School
Lakewood, CO

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Jose Martinez was:

Bear Creek High School
Lakewood, CO

Subject(s) taught: Social Studies
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

For 11 Years, Jose made learning relevant and fun for his Bear Creek High students. He helped them become informed and effective global citizens who appreciated the privileges and responsibilities of living in a democracy. In his Social Studies classes, Martinez encouraged complex thinking and creative problem solving that motivated students to work harder and excel. He used pop-culture references, current events and technology to make subjects accessible; in economics, for example, illustrating a lesson on supply and demand with a discussion of the economics of dating. An advocate of financial literacy, he also taught prudent money management in a fun and easy-to-understand way.

Though he loved teaching, he also understood the importance of being involved. Thus, he also coached the junior varsity boys’ tennis team, taught the school broadcasting class, and was a student senate advisor, helping to run homecoming, the prom, rallies, student government class and assemblies.

Colleagues consider Martinez a go-to guy. In addition to being social studies co-chair, he was a department manager, addressing the needs of 14 other teachers, ordering and organizing supplies and textbooks. He has supervised several student teachers and volunteered for his school technology committee. In his young career, Jose Martinez has proved to be an exceptional educator, innovator and human being.

In the fall of 2018, Jose became the Assistant Principal, Activities Director, and Technology Manager at Bear Creek High School. As a life long learner, he is enjoying the challenges brought forth by his new position and he loves that he is still able to give back to the school and community that he loves so much. He is excited to see what the future holds.

Personal Message

Never underestimate your minimum.

Jose Martinez Newsletters

Learning and Legacy
Nov 15, 2013

Jose Martinez In The News

Award-Winning Teaching. Alum nationally recognized with Milken Educator Award
UNC Bear Dean  |  University of Northern Colorado  |  Feb 11, 2014  |  Greeley, Colorado

Students, teachers praise Milken Award winner
Denver Post  |  Nov 19, 2013  |  Denver, CO

Beloved teacher stunned by scholarly surprise
Your Hub  |  Nov 19, 2013  |  Lakewood, CO

Lakewood High School Teacher Wins National Award
KCNC-TV  |  CBS  |  Nov 13, 2013  |  Denver, CO

Jefferson County teacher wins national award
Denver Post  |  Nov 13, 2013  |  Denver, CO

Bear Creek High School teacher surprised with Milken Educator Award
Lakewood Hub  |  Denver Post  |  Nov 12, 2013  |  Denver, CO

Additional Information


2014 Lowell Milken Center Fellow

Univ. of Northern Colorado Honored Alumni 2020

Boettcher Foundation Scholar